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Mr. David Wyatt

Egenis Research Student


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Byrne House


After completing my undergraduate study at the University of Exeter in sociology (first class), I spent three years working in the financial services industry in London. I have now returned to Exeter to complete a PhD. My research is funded by the ESRC and conducted in relation to a core-funded project, , headed by Dr Christine Hauskeller and Dr Dana Wilson-Kovacs.


Book chapter

Davie, G. and Wyatt, D. (forthcoming) ‘Document Analysis’ in Stausberg, M. and Engler, S. (eds.) Handbook of Research Methods in Religious Studies, Routledge, 2011.

Book Review

Wyatt, D., Joint review of 'Genetic Policing: The Use of DNA in Criminal Investigations' by Robin Williams and Paul Johnson and 'Genetic Suspects: Global Governance of Forensic DNA Profiling and Databasing' by Richard Hindmarsh & Barbara Prainsack (eds.), Genomics, Society and Policy 6(1), 2010: 40-44

Journal article

Wilson-Kovacs, D., Wyatt, D. and Hauskeller, C. “A Faustian bargain?” Public voices on forensic DNA technologies and the National DNA Database, New Genetics and Society 31(3), 2012: 285-298


'Negotiating Ambiguity: Notions of competence in Crime Scene Investigation', Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, University of Copenhagen Business School, 17-20 October 2012.

'Trace and contamination in UK crime scene investigation', Egenis Postgraduate Day, University of Exeter, 2 July 2012.

'"More than forensic hoovers": Negotiating contamination and expertise in UK crime scene investigation', British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, 12 April 2012.

'Contamination and DNA: Using dirt to demonstrate expertise in UK crime. scene investigation', ESRC Genomics Network Annual Conference, British Library, 23 April 2012.

'Forensic DNA databases' in 'Dividing up the world', ESRC Genomics Network Annual Conference, British Library 24 April 2012.

'The use of forensic DNA technologies in police practice', ADAPT All Suppliers Workshop, National Policing Improvement Agency, Coventry, 11 November 2010.

'How DNA matters: An ethnographic investigation of police practices', Egenis Postgraduate Day, Exeter, 9 November 2010.


January 2012 - April 2012 Graduate Teaching Assistant on the first year undergraduate sociology core module, 'Introduction to Contemporary Society' delivering fortnightly tutorials.

Associate of the Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

My research explores the role of the perceptions, the training and the practices of Crime Scene Investigators in their use of DNA and forensic science in day-to-day police work. Entitled , it pays specific attention to the taught and tacit knowledge used in the practices surrounding the use of forensics, demarcating and defining the crime scene and managing the relationships between the different stakeholders involved in criminal investigations.

I also have a keen, broad interest in cultural sociology and qualitative research methods.